A Pisgah Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof; With the History of the Old and New Testament Acted Thereon
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 Excerpt: ...successively; and therefore, as poets, when they present persons who lived in several ages on the same stage, lay their scene in the Elysian fields, so to put these palaces together, the reader must suppose their dust and ruins did all meet on the floor of this city, though made in our map in a flourishing estate, the better to adorn our description of Jerusalem. Sect. X.--OF THE COLLEGES IN JERUSALEM. 1. Pass we now from the court to the Inns of Court, namely, such places wherein youth had liberal education. The Jews tell us of four hundred and fourscore synagogues at Jerusalem, for this purpose. We will insist only on such as we find named in Scripture, and begin with Huldah's college, wherein that prophetess lived in the days of Josiah (2 Kings xxii. 14). Perchance a female foundation of women alone, and she the presidentess thereof; though surely not bound with any monastical vow of virginity, because there also styled the wife of Shallum. 2. Next in the days of the Maccabees, we take notice of the Grecian college or gymnasium erected by Jason the high priest, wherein the Jewish youth were taught to wrestle, ride horses, and other Grecian accomplishments (i Macc. i. 15, and 2 Macc. iv. 12). Indeed archery was an ancient Jewish exercise (" David taught the children of Israel the use of the bow, as it is written in the book of Jasher," 2 Sam. i. 18), but these were pure heathenish employments. Here also they were taught to wear a garment called YltTaaoi, which some translate hats, others buskins (though head and feet are far asunder), which, whether it were the general garb of the Grecians, or only an academical habit to distinguish the students from common citizens, let others inquire. But the worst of all was, here they were taught not only un...
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